nabil shaath 311.
(photo credit: BLOOMBERG)
Senior Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Shaath said on Thursday that his organization will join the next flotilla to Gaza in May.
Senior Fatah officials will be allowed to take part in the aid flotilla, Shaath told Radio A-Shams, because it is a humanitarian effort meant to lift the blockade on Gaza.
BBC: Flotilla program overall was accurate and impartial
Ban urged to take a public stand against next IHH flotilla
When asked if the officials would require permission from Hamas or the IDF, Shaath said "we don't need authorization to reach our homeland - not from Hamas and not from Israeli security forces."
The flotilla is planning to set sail at the end of May, marking the
one-year anniversary to the Mavi Marmara
incident – the first Gaza
flotilla where nine Turks were killed when they attacked IDF commandos
trying to keep their ship from reaching Gaza’s shores.
Earlier this month, IHH President Bulent Yildrim said that his
organization and the Mavi Marmara
ship would participate in the
"This is not Israel's Mediterranean Sea," Yildrim said, according to
Turkish newspaper Zaman
. "We are not afraid to become martyrs."
Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>